UPDATED: PDP asks INEC to stop announcement of presidential election results

From left: Former Vice President Namadi Sambo; Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Aspirant, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar during the PDP Stakeholders Town Hall Meeting in Kaduna on Wednesday 20/2/2019 01543/20/2/2019/Ibrahim Bashir/ICE/NAN
From left: Former Vice President Namadi Sambo; Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Aspirant, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar during the PDP Stakeholders Town Hall Meeting in Kaduna on Wednesday 20/2/2019 01543/20/2/2019/Ibrahim Bashir/ICE/NAN

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, to discontinue the announcement of the presidential election results.

The party made the call in a press conference addressed by the deputy director-general of the PDP presidential campaign organisation, Kabiru Turaki, alongside other party officials Tuesday night in Abuja.

The party said the announcement should stop until INEC releases the data of the accreditation done by smart card readers in the election.

It alleged that votes cast for it in its strongholds were cancelled, “particularly in Yobe, Nasarawa, Zamfara and Plateau.”

“The PDP demands the immediate discontinuation of the announcement until data from the use of card readers are made available,” Mr Turaki said.

“The data are being reconfigured to align with the manipulations carried out in various polling units across the country.

“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) demands, in line with the commitment to a transparent, free and fair election, an immediate halt to the on-going collation of results by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), until data from the smart card reader accreditation at the polling units are made available to all the parties in the
election.”

The PDP said it predicates its demand on available evidence to the effect that data from the card readers are being reconfigured to suit the manipulations, rigging and over-voting already carried out during the election in some states by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

We have evidence from the smart card reader accreditation data that what is being announced by INEC has been seriously tampered with and manipulated.

In the meantime, we demand the immediate and outright cancellation of presidential election results in Yobe, Zamfara, Nasarawa and Borno states as submitted by INEC presiding officers and ask for the conduct of fresh elections in these states.

“In Yobe, the total number of votes submitted as cast was more than the number of accredited voters. Whereas the number of accredited voters was 601,056, the total votes cast was 775, 449.

This is a clear case of over-voting which, by the provisions of the Electoral Act, renders the election null and void. In such instance, the law provides for another election on a day to be fixed by INEC,” he said.

According to the party, in Zamfara State, no actual voting took place and there was no single result sheet in any polling unit in the entire state. There was an arrest in Shinkafi Local Government, where an APC member was caught thump-printing ballot papers inside his house.

“Results from the presiding officer from Zamfara were concocted and allocated according to the wishes of the leadership of the APC and INEC,” he said.

The PDP said it is demanding the outright deletion of the results from
Zamfara from INEC records.

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The party also alleged that there was no election in Borno State but a figure writing exercise and allocation of results according to the whims and caprices of the APC leaders.

“In Nasarawa, the PDP demands the immediate restoration of our over 157,000 lawful and valid votes which were unlawfully and arbitrarily cancelled by INEC and the announcement of the actual results from the field,” he said.

Similarly, PDP also demanded the immediate restoration of over 79,000 valid votes which were unlawfully cancelled by INEC in Kogi State and the announcement of the authentic results inclusive of the restored 79,000 votes

“In the FCT, the PDP demands the restoration of 27,000 valid votes
unlawfully and arbitrarily cancelled by INEC and a declaration of the authentic result, inclusive of our restored 27,000 votes,” he said.

In Plateau, the PDP demands the immediate restoration of our over
30,000 lawful and valid votes, which were unlawfully cancelled particularly in Jos North and the declaration of genuine results as delivered at the polling units inclusive of our 30,000 restored votes.

The PDP, therefore, calls on Nigerians to disregard the results until INEC provides the data from the smart card readers used at polling units, conducts fresh election in Borno, Yobe and Zamfara states as well as restores “our votes in Plateau, FCT, Kogi and Nasarawa
states.”

The party said it maintains that the actual votes delivered at the polling units gave the mandate to its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported how the party rejected the yet to be concluded result of the presidential election.

The results are currently being announced in Abuja with 30 states already announced at the time of this report.

The PDP, in a statement by its national chairman, Uche Secondus, yesterday, said the results being announced do not tally with what the party has collated across the country.



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